Book Review: Laura Howard’s The Forgotten Ones

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Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Published: April 28, 2013
Publisher: Finding Bliss Publishing
ASIN: B00CKXODRG
Format: Kindle edition
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember. 
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

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This was part of my Random Reads, so I had no expectations for this book so I was pleasantly surprised.

In The Forgotten Ones, we have Allison, another strong female character and quite entertaining at that. I like how she refers to her story as a Disney story. I think she blames herself for what happened to her mother even though it was never really her fault. She still tried so hard to be the responsible daughter though. I like how she was determined to follow a plan to make her life and her mother’s life a lot better. She’s not perfect though, which I guess makes her human.

Ethan seemed really sweet at the beginning – not overly so. We can just see that he cares for Allison, but he also has this fun side where he has playful banter with Allison. He seemed really nice. I can’t believe he made me swoon. I almost believed in his fondness for Allison, but I was met with disappointment. I won’t tell you why though- you can find out for yourself. I’m very much curious what will become of his character in the next book. My favorite quote is from him though:

“…sometimes things happen, things that can’t be explained. But you still deserve to be happy.”

The romance was believable since they’ve known each other for a long time and they even live near each other, and their families are close. Allison has been in love with Ethan all these years. It’s not really perfect though, considering how Ethan’s quite a player. He kept on pursuing Allison though, although quite teasingly at times. I’m not sure yet if the romance would get any better, but I hope it will. Or I hope that Allison would find a great guy.

Among the other characters, I think I like Aodhan. He was a human that turned into a fairy, but he didn’t really like it because of the family that he lost. This made him become protective over Allison so I guess I felt a fondness for him. He also has this mysterious thing going on. Maybe we’ll see more of him soon. I’m not really sure what to make of the other fairies though. They’re intentions can be quite unclear. I guess that’s why Aodhan warned Allison against them. The only problem I had with the characters was that their names were so hard to pronounce. The pronunciation guide was in the end of the book. I read that part first and I pretty much forgot how to pronounce their names along the way.

What else can I say. The cover is simply lovely. I really like it a lot – one of the reasons I downloaded this book. Also, I like the symbol and the ornate line that the book used to break between chapters and scenes. A little extra prettiness never hurt anyone. You won’t be able to get the title until near the middle or end though. But I liked the pacing anyway. It was going really well actually, but I think that it fell flat near the ending. The build up was really good, it had me hanging on, but then the conflicts were too easily resolved. And it also ends in a cliff-hanger and we don’t even know when the next book will come out yet.

I like how the characters are Irish because that’s something that’s somewhat new to me, but they weren’t really given thick accents in writing. I guess you’ll have to imagine that for yourself. I like how Laura Howard used the Tuatha de Danaan – something I didn’t really know about. I like learning things about other cultures, even if it was only part of a fictional novel. I just hope this was well-researched that I could rely on what she wrote.

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OVERALL, I quite liked this book. It’s a very short read and I would definitely read the next installment. I like the romance, fantasy and humor. I like the new things, too. I was very much enchanted~

RATING:

4-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own any of the images I use, but some may be subject to editing.
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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Laura Howard’s The Forgotten Ones

  1. Thank you for reading The Forgotten Ones Francine! I’m really glad you liked it and I loved reading your review. It means a lot to me!

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